The Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Sadiya Umar-Farouq, has said that her Ministry distributed 70,000 tonnes of foodstuff to the 36 State Governors in the country, during the Covid-19 nationwide lockdown,
Speaking to BBC Hausa Service, in Zamfara State, she stated also, that she shared 145 trailers of rice to the 36 States.
Her words: “For me, I have done my job. We shared foodstuff to the State Governors, and it is not in the midnight, everyone has seen it.
“About 70,000 tonnes of foodstuff was shared. The rice we got from Customs was shared to the 36 States; only some grains that was shared to 24 States only.”
On the reasons given by some State Governors, as to why they did not share the foodstuff, citing anticipation of the second phase of Covid-19, the Minister said that, that is left for them.
She stated: “That is left for the Governors to answer this question. I have shared the stuff, and have the record with us, and the truth has revealed itself.”
She added that the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs directed the Governors to share the foodstuff from the days they were delivered to them during the lockdown period, as directed by President Muhammadu Buhari.
She stated that plans are underway to look at the possibilities of giving another set of foodstuff to the States, since some angry citizens have taken away some of them.
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